My wife and I had found our Shangri La. It was a mountain setting, complete with a lake, nearby skiing, and literally millions of forested acres to explore. The problem: no power.
And the cost to bring a power line in made my eyes tear up.
So we started in clean energy out of necessity. It wasn’t an altruistic notion of ‘saving the world’. We needed power and all we had were sunshine and breezes. That began our journey into the world of living off the grid and saying goodbye to our power bill and hello to true independence.
It wasn’t always easy. There were times in the dead of winter when the sun hadn’t shined in three weeks. Luckily our wind generator takes care of us in times like that now. And we’ve increased our battery bank to last longer in times of bad weather.
We had to simplify our life a little to make it work. I gave up my microwave. My wife gave up her hair dryer. You see anything that generates heat uses enormous amounts of power. We shut everything off with power strips at night. We use mountain breezes to cool our house and the sunshine and wood to heat it. We’ve become extremely efficient in our use of energy.
For us it’s worth it. When we lived in the city, I could not believe how high our energy bills were. It seemed like I was always adding insulation and turning the thermostat up or down – you know all the things the power company tells us to do to save power.
But that damn bill just kept going up and up. And the taxes and fees that they tacked onto the bill were about 20%. For what – the privilege to buy power from their monopoly? Like I had a choice?
And then they started feeding us this line about ‘smart grid’ and ‘smart meters’. Well it all sounds nice doesn’t it? But it’s really electrical socialism. They are going to wire your home so that your devices only run when the utility wants them to. All in the name of efficiency they say. And just how much extra do you think we’ll pay for this ‘efficiency’?
Don’t even get me started on ‘cap and trade’. Believe me, it’s coming and it’s going to probably double your already extensive power bills. If you’re not already trying to generate your own power, you had better get on your horse.
Fortunately my wife and don’t worry about any of that nonsense. We don’t have blackouts or brownouts. And yet our house has plenty of entertainment and creature comforts.
And you can do this too. Take it one step at a time, start small and build up to something substantial. We’ll be here to help….